Miamisburg donor Michael Long took a long, winding road to retirement after 40 years with GM and another 10 with RTA. But as a blood donor, he just keeps on rolling. Michael reached his milestone 100th lifetime donation Oct. 11 at the Dayton Community Blood Center.
Michael averages six donations per year, and reached his milestone with his fifth donation of 2018. But he says his journey to 100 donations started slowly then picked up speed.
“I wasn’t as regular as I am now,” he said. “I worked at Delco-Moraine; I started there in ’66. They had blood drives and I started doing it. I started counting on doing it regularly. I retired from GM after 40 years and worked 10 more years with RTA as a driver.”
Michael and his wife Linda will be married 32 years in November. They have two children, five grandchildren and one great-grandson.
“The last 10 to 15 years I started to give more regularly,” he said. “I thought it wasn’t hard to do, and it was beneficial to someone else. As long as I was healthy and could share my blood with someone. Jesus did it first. He shared his blood for all of us. I can at least do it for one person.”